by Marian McQuillan
Photo Courtesy of William Murphy www.streetsofdublin.com
As legend would have it, the suburban area of Harold’s Cross received it’s name from a cross that was erected to identify the land of the Archbishop of Dublin and as a signal to the Harold family of Rathfarnham to stick to their side of the boundary.
Today of course, we know Harold’s Cross to be a busy residential area peppered with cafes, bars and various businesses. It straddles one of the main arteries into Dublin city centre, where a continuous flow of 16 and 49 busses operate. Neighboured closely by Kimmage, Terenure, Rathgar and Rathmines means that any hub-bub that Harold’s Cross may be lacking can be found very close by.
The Harold’s Cross May Festival
The Harold’s Cross Festival takes place on the 8th of May until the 14th of May (2017). It is a week jam packed with activities, including creative writing, poetry, live music, art exhibitions, a dog show and much much more- definitely something to note in your diary.
While we were disappointed to see the stadium close, we welcome that the site will remain in public ownership and will now be available to provide a much needed secondary school for the area. It is a large site, at over 6.5 acre, and it would be great if part of it could be available for recreational facilities for the local community.
A stroll around Harolds Cross Park coupled with a coffee from Noshingtons ‘In The Park’, even better if you have some little ones in toe as there is a great play area for them to enjoy.
Harolds Cross Park, Photo Courtesy of Eric Byrne
Sweat a stressful day away in Bikram Yoga Dublin, they have a number of class times to suit early mornings or late evenings.
An extra special night out for dinner in Craft Restaurant, this eatery has been receiving rave reviews since it opened and we can certainly see why – perhaps reason alone for making a move to the neighbourhood.
Pamper yourself in the established V.Claire natural beauty salon. Proprietor Virginie uses only 100% certified organic products for all her skincare and beauty treatments.
Pick up some interiors inspiration at Plush Atelier on Harolds Cross Road, this independent store stocks all manner of interior accessories but also provide a consultancy if you need help with a home improvement project.
Sports & Recreation
Harold’s Cross is serviced by many sports and recreation facilities, from tennis to yoga, martial arts and bowling.
Kenilworth Bowling Club, Grosvenor Square, Dublin 6
HX Taekwon-Do, Greenmount Avenue, Harold’s Cross, Dublin 12, Tel: 087 2474488
Kamikaze Fight Academy, 276 Harold’s Cross Rd, Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6W. Tel: 086 886 6544
Harold’s Cross Youth Club, Rosary Park, Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6W
Sports and leisure clubs
South Dublin Strength & Conditioning, 10-11 Greenmount Avenue, Harolds Cross, Dublin 6 Tel.086 8649732
Your Fitness Gym, 220 Harold’s Cross Road, Dublin 6W. Tel: 085 811 9838, 01 5513708
Stratford Lawn Tennis Club, Grosvenor Square, Rathmines, Dublin 6, Tel: 086 2656684
Terenure Sports Club, 54 Terenure Road North, Terenure, Dublin 6W. Tel: 087 0683663
Bikram Yoga, Unit 9 Greenmount Industrial Estate, Harold’s Cross, Dublin 12, Tel: 6570061
Yoga with Emma, Greenmount Avenue, Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6W, Tel: 087 181 6605
Childcare & Education
Harold’s Cross is serviced by one gael scoil, Scoil Mológa, three primary schools, St Clare’s, St Louis Senior and Harolds Cross National School. St Louis also provides the local infant and secondary school to the area. Leinster Park Montessori School provides childcare in the area in addition to the pre-school for those who will attend St. Clares.
Harolds Cross is well served by Dublin Bus with routes 9, 16, 18, 49, 54a and 83 all passing through the area. There is also a Dublin Bus Nitelink service (49N) that operates at the weekend and on bank holidays.
Harold’s Cross – The property Market
As we head into May – what has been happening with the property market in Harold’s Cross?
Demand for properties has been very strong and there continues to be a shortage of properties coming to the market. Harold’s Cross is an affordable area in comparison to its neighbouring D6 villages of Rathgar and Ranelagh. Only 4 properties with an asking price in excess of €700,000 were listed for sale throughout all of 2016 and to date in 2017. Two of these were on Kenilworth Park, one on Casimir Road and one on Harold’s Cross Road. In contrast over 60 properties in Rathgar were listed asking in excess €700,000 and over 90 were listed in Ranelagh.
The most listed properties fall within the price brackets of €300,000 - €500,000.
On average the length of time it is taking to agree a sale is 2 to 3 weeks
Over the coming years Harold’s Cross will see a large influx of new people moving into the area – currently there is in the region of 500 new properties, mainly apartments, planned or under construction in area.
Construction of a large-scale apartment development is well under way on the grounds of Mount Argus Church. The new development, to be named Mount Argus Mill, will comprise 184 apartments in eight apartment blocks. The adjoining monastery has planning in place for the conversion of the existing period building into 32 apartments.
On the site of St Clare’s Convent, planning permission is in place since 2015 for a proposed 209-unit apartment development, but construction of this development has not yet begun.
On the corner of Mount Tallant Avenue and Harold’s Cross Road, planning is in place for 30 apartments and 36 houses on the 3.44-acre St Pancras Works site – this site is currently for sale.
How much is my house worth?
The value of a property depends on lots of different things such as its condition, layout of the accommodation, size, size of garden and very importantly its orientation, potential to extend etc. No two properties are identical and therefore it’s difficult to give an accurate valuation without inspecting the property. However the following is a very broad guide:
The properties on Kenilworth Park, Casimir road and avenue, and Harold’s Cross Road are always in demand with their beautiful period features. In excellent condition they sell in excess of €800,000 - the highest price registered in the past 12 months was €865,000 for 50 Kenilworth Park. At the height of the market in 2006/07 these house were selling in the region of €1.2m - €1.3m.
The impressive tree lined, Westfield Road, is one of the most desirable roads in Harolds Cross. These spacious houses don’t come on the market very often and the last house that sold was in 2015. Indeed over the past 10 years, only 9 houses on this road have come to the market. In excellent condition these properties would now sell for in excess €1m. At the height of the market in 2007 one went to auction guiding €1.8m.
€500,000 - €700,000
Properties falling in to this price bracket are the modern houses in Leinster Park, houses on Lower Kimmage Road, Arbutus Avenue, Priory Road, Shanid Road and houses in units or in need of some refurbishment on Kenilworth Park, Casimir Road and Harold Cross Road.
These houses are really popular with families with young children looking to trade up – good size accommodation, close to the excellent schools in the locality.
€400,000 - €500,000
Properties in this price bracket are on Clareville Road, Larkfield Road, Larkfield Gardens, Larkfield Avenue, O Hara Avenue, and properties in excellent condition on Mount Drummond Square, Mount Drummond Avenue and surrounding streets such as Fitzgerald st, Ashworth Place, Drummond Place, Darley Street, Emmet Street etc.
These properties are hugely in demand, particularly with young professionals and first time buyers.
€300,000 - €400,000
Properties in this price bracket are houses in Mount Argus and Church Park, apartments such as in Kenilworth Manor and properties needing a little work on Mount Drummond Square, Mount Drummond Avenue and surrounding streets such as Fitzgerald Street, Ashworth Place, Drummond Place, Darley Street, Emmet Street etc.
Properties in this price bracket are smaller properties greatly in demand from first time buyers and Investors given their close proximity to the city centre and their affordability.
Properties in this price bracket are generally apartments such as in Gandon Close, Swanward Court, Manor Villas and small period cottages in need of refurbishment. – such as Harold’s Cross cottages, Greenmount Square, Limkiln Lane etc.
Again, there is huge demand for these properties given their affordability.
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